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Thank You to Princess Anne for publicly expressing her views on countryside matters

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Petition drawn up against blackout

4:30pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

I WOULD like publicly to write and thank Princess Anne for sharing her common sense views on matters in the countryside. Her refreshing and frank interview about issues affecting the British countryside has provided a very grounded and experienced view point of these matters.

Cirencester’s obelisk near Cotswold Avenue

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cirencester’s obelisk near Cotswold Avenue

4:10pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Cirencester’s obelisk near Cotswold Avenue taken by Richard Holmes of Ashcroft Road, Cirencester

Architecture for Cirencesters new cinema raises location disagreements

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: The Embassy cinema used to be on the High Street and Embassy Court flats now stands in its place. (Picture by Lloyd Blackburn)

1:50pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

I WOULD like to agree with what Corinne Lamus said on the letter’s page of the Standard (April 10), under the heading No More 70s.

Poem - Two thousand more homes for Cirencester

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:30pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Two thousand more houses for Ciren That’s what the bureaucrats plan Down to the south of Chesterton Where there’s green fields and woodland.

Cheer brought to Cirencester Town from March Hare Festival

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Petition drawn up against blackout

11:50am Wednesday 16th April 2014

I WOULD like to thank everyone who has decorated or funded a hare, but without Florence Beetlestone’s inspirational genius the March Hare Festival would not even have started.

Lake Pochard at South Cerney home to a mallard with 18 ducklings

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Lake Pochard at South Cerney home to a mallard with 18 ducklings

11:09am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A mallard with 18 ducklings on Lake Pochard at South Cerney sent in by Davina Stirland of South Cerney. (pic in folder)

Stain glass window in Siddington Church should be restored

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

10:08am Wednesday 16th April 2014

REFERENCE Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, March 27 and April 8.

Pedestrians and cyclists should pay their way

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: readersletters

4:54pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

ISN’T it time that pedestrians, cyclists and perhaps even horse riders, as well as motorists were charged for the pleasure of going about their business in Cirencester?

Killing indigenous species to stop them predating alien animals is madness

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: readersletters

4:52pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

READING the Standard (March 13) prompts me to ask a few questions as regards to blood sports.

Fairford survey was hardly conclusive

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: readersletters

4:45pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

IT REALLY is amazing that your local supermarket can read from the till what your buying habits are. And so build that in to their future strategy.

Benn’s legacy

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: readersletters

4:43pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

THREE things about your paper attracted my attention this morning as I rifled through the pages. I admit that I am not a regular purchaser, but I always like to read Mr Light’s column and as usual he was excellent.

Thanks to those who helped after fall

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: readersletters

4:40pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

PLEASE convey my thanks to the passers-by who lifted me up when I fell in the street in Watermoor during the evening of Thursday, March 13.

Landmark building should be preserved not left to rot

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: readersletters

4:38pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

COTSWOLD District Council are letting the Old Memorial Hospital go into rack and ruin, then they’ll say it’s too costly to repair and it’ll have to be pulled down. Shame on you, CDC.

More car parks needed, not street parking in Cirencester

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: readersletters

4:36pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

WITH reference to your front page story, Gloucestershire County Council seems to think that on-street parking will ease congestion. In fact, it will increase congestion.

Parking permits mean weekly parking costs just 70p

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Parking puts me off Northwich

4:32pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

YOUR readers could be forgiven for being confused reading the articles concerning off-street parking in Cirencester.

Parking charges won't ease congestion in Ciren - it will make things worse

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: readersletters

4:29pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

AS A regular visitor and supplier of goods to traders in the town, I wish to register my dissatisfaction in the strongest terms regarding the parking proposals in Cirencester town centre.

No excuse for poor English

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: readersletters

4:25pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

I READ with interest your article in the Standard regarding the 75-acre solar farm near Ampney Crucis. (Solar farm will be able to power thousands of homes, Standard, February 27).

Walk with dinosaurs for charity

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: FLYING HIGH: Rare glimpse of Jurassic Coast

4:16pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

TEENAGE Cancer Trust is appealing to readers to start dusting off their walking shoes and take part in a unique fundraising trek along the Jurassic coastal path.

Does Poundland care about customer service?

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: readersletters

4:12pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

“WHAT are you doing today?” asked my wife at breakfast.

Cotswold parking charges are great...for Witney

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: readersletters

4:02pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

IF, AS Cllr Vernon Smith suggests in your article of March 6, the people of Cirencester are tired of traffic congestion, the answer is simple: give away or sell blue parking discs in newsagents and other outlets in the town.

Fracking to ruin the Cotswolds

12:10pm Tuesday 18th February 2014

WITH the Government’s clear intention now officially revealed, that the process of fracking is to be encouraged wherever there is potential in this country, we find that our precious Cotswolds are as vulnerable as anywhere else.

Thanks go out to the Cirencester Round Table

12:04pm Tuesday 18th February 2014

MAY I, through your letters’ column give our grateful thanks to Cirencester Round Table, who organised the most wonderful meal and entertainment on Saturday, February 1, to all their members who worked so hard and also Rotary Club for helping out once again.

Changes to the Post Office will make it "a thing of the past."

11:40am Tuesday 18th February 2014

HAVING read last week’s Standard, there were two items included, one as an article the other a letter, regarding changes taking place within the structure of the post office.

Attack on disabled pensioner - what signal does this give to other thugs?

11:35am Tuesday 18th February 2014

WE, AS well as many other of your readers, I suspect, were appalled to read about a drug user being freed from serving a jail sentence because his last episode in prison had an impact on him.

Lib Dem's history in Cotswold District Council

11:31am Tuesday 18th February 2014

IT IS, of course, very easy for Cllr Hodgkinson to criticise Cotswold District Council's parking income from the comfort of an opposition without any financial responsibility.

Councillors on CTC aim to do their best

11:24am Tuesday 18th February 2014

FURTHER to the acting chairman of UKIP Cotswolds' letter maybe I can simplify the facts for him.

"Second chances" improve the lives of young people

11:09am Tuesday 18th February 2014

FROM joining the gym to learning a language, this year many of us will have resolved to make positive changes in our lives.

Pubs need to reduce noise

11:03am Tuesday 18th February 2014

WE WOULD like to thank Mrs Larner for voicing her concerns about the noise and behaviour from the Eight Bells, East End, Fairford. (Critics claim pub’s a noise nuisance, Standard, January 30) We have written three times to Arkells Brewery about the same and have had contact with the police over same.

Facts on fracking

11:01am Tuesday 18th February 2014

WITH reference to your article in the Standard regarding Fracking in the Cotswold, although no applications have as yet been made, nor possibly will ever be. I take issue with the comments from the ‘experts who have carried out extensive research’, Mr Whittaker or Mr Irving saying that it is not suitable for this part of the country is ludicrous; have they ever visited the Water Park? How do they think that came about? And it still is expanding – 40 square miles of it, with new road networks and thousands of lorries, plus hundreds of jobs created from it. Has that become a barren wasteland?

Is shale gas the future for energy?

10:58am Tuesday 18th February 2014

FOR more than a century, our homes have been kept warm, our schools and hospitals working and our factories producing wealth; thanks to our abundant supplies of coal and gas.

Gravel reform for Parish Council

10:54am Tuesday 18th February 2014

THE Standard (January 30) carried an article in which Mr Moreton Cullimore, of the Cullimore Group, claimed that, in past years, Ashton Keynes Parish Council had ignored his offers to meet to discuss perceived problems relating to his company’s gravel activities within the parish.

Can the Government make sure its "own people get fed?"

10:48am Tuesday 18th February 2014

LIKE many others, I petitioned our MP, Mr Clifton-Brown to attend and support the House of Commons debate about Food banks. He wrote to me to say: “Unfortunately I was unable to attend the recent debate due to 'extreme pressures' on my diary'.”

Government needs to ban fracking

10:43am Tuesday 18th February 2014

THE Government is looking increasingly desperate in their attempts to impose fracking on a population that’s saying no.

Street light is wasting electricity

10:39am Tuesday 18th February 2014

PEOPLE talk about wasting electricity.

Mental health problems affect one in four.

10:36am Tuesday 18th February 2014

PRESS reports recently have highlighted more and more young people are suffering with mental health problems. It is a myth that mental health problems are very rare. It is a fact that mental health problems affect one in four people young and old.

European funding can help solve flooding

10:31am Tuesday 18th February 2014

Sir, I wanted to inform readers that I have once again written to Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Mr Owen Paterson MP, in order to impress upon him the need for the Government to make an application to the EU Solidarity Fund to help areas affected by flooding.

Brewery car park charges a "disgraceful rip off"

10:28am Tuesday 18th February 2014

MY WIFE and I wanted to pop into the small Tesco in Cirencester in the Brewery car park, as we only needed a couple of items, I went to buy a 50p half hour ticket, was totally disgusted to find out that there is a minimum charge of £1.50 on a Sunday, so hence my wife popped to Tesco & I stayed with the car hoping to see one of the car park wardens.

Plot thickens over Cirencester's Christmas chalets

4:55pm Thursday 13th February 2014

FURTHER to my letter regarding the Christmas chalets in Cirencester, which you kindly printed just after Christmas; I am surprised that no-one from the relevant authorities has come back to you regarding this.

Rubbish is a pain - especially when it appears again

4:52pm Thursday 13th February 2014

FRIDAY I walked the 435 from the Golf Club to Baunton Lane,

Christmas market chalets left to rot due to negligence

4:39pm Thursday 13th February 2014

AS I have no wish to incur the wrath of Cirencester Town Council in giving away the location of the Christmas market chalets I have asked the Standard to omit my name and address from this letter.

Authorities must bite the bullet to fix the A417 'Missing link'

4:22pm Thursday 13th February 2014

FURTHER to Skip Walker’s piece in the Wilts and Glos Standard of December 12, 2013 (et sequitur), I pass on this slightly edited e-mail and Google Earth map, previously sent to Paul Hodgkinson early last year with reference to the A417 ‘Missing Link’.

Dyson jobs boost is great news

4:03pm Thursday 13th February 2014

UK MANUFACTURER Dyson have announced plans to double their research and development centre in Malmesbury. Labour's parliamentary candidate for North Wiltshire, Peter Baldrey, commented: "Unemployment across the country is moving in the right direction which is positive, however the trend is not yet replicated in the South West, where we saw a rise. More needs to be done.

Cirencester in the January sun

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cirencester in the January sun

2:48pm Wednesday 15th January 2014

After days of grey skies and rain, the sun has once again shone on a wintry Cirencester.

St James's Place could help Cirencester and raise money for charity

9:00am Thursday 21st November 2013

WITH the imminent arrival of the Christmas Shopping season, and the much needed boost to Cirencester shopkeepers’ income (in the face of internet shopping), may I through your column address the management of the St James Place organisation to ask that they consider opening their car park in the Tetbury Road on Saturdays for the benefit of Christmas shoppers?

No discussion on key concerns of Cirencester cinema plans.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Had cinema decision been made ahead of last week's public meeting?

4:07pm Wednesday 20th November 2013

I ATTENDED last week’s council meeting re the proposed Brewery court development, and was dismayed by the lack of discussion between the councillors regarding the objections raised by Mrs Corinne Lamus.

We're not NIMBYs - councils have just not explained how new homes will impact on Fairford

4:03pm Wednesday 20th November 2013

SEX, politics and religion are not meant to be discussed over lunch in polite society - so we did.

Do Ciren residents want a 50 year debt to pay for Market Place scheme?

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: An artist's impression of Cirencester's revamped Market Place

4:00pm Wednesday 20th November 2013

COUNCILLOR Nash, in his letter of November 6, has missed the main point of my letter. It is my understanding that the town council is considering borrowing over £1m to help to fund the Market Place scheme thus committing the people of Cirencester to 50 - yes, 50 - years of debt (his words).

Cirencester cinema scheme sounds great but developer has poor track record

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cirencester cinema scheme sounds great but developer has poor track record

3:51pm Wednesday 20th November 2013

AGAIN it seems the planning committee seemed mesmerised when it comes to an application from Wildmoor, one would have thought they would have learnt from the shambles that is the King's Head/Corn Hall.

Irony of Standard's spelling mistake

3:46pm Wednesday 20th November 2013

IT WAS ironic that in John Light’s Light’s Out column of November 14 he despairs of The Daily Telegraph, Wisden and The Radio Times for inaccurate reporting.

Complacency has left the Cotswolds at risk of unwanted development

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Complacency has left the Cotswolds at risk of unwanted development

3:41pm Wednesday 20th November 2013

Open Letter to Cotswold District Council I HAVE just received the latest Cotswold News and read and re-read the article by the cabinet member for forward planning. I find it typical of the complacency that allowed the Cotswold Local Plan to expire in 2011.






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